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Letter from the President


A headshot of John Torrey

Just keep swimming. I’ve made this quote my personal motto since we first took our children to see Finding Nemo in 2003, and I remind myself of it again today, as we begin the 167th year at Santa Clara University.

I am John Torrey, and on behalf of 98,000 undergraduate and graduate alumni of SCU, I am privileged to serve as the 2017-18 President of SCU’s Alumni Association and its Board of Directors. We enter this upcoming year with incredible momentum and energy from the Alumni Association’s recently approved Strategic Plan, “Inspiring Our Alumni. Supporting Our University. Bettering Our World.” This new multi-year plan defines the key priorities of the Alumni Association while contributing meaningfully to the success of the University’s Integrated Strategic Plan and responding to the feedback and current attitudes of our large and diverse Bronco family. We look forward to sharing it with you soon.

While we will make progress against all of the plan’s key priorities in 2017-18, we will especially focus on four of them:

  • Spirit, Pride, History & Tradition: we will accelerate our efforts to foster a deep sense of school spirit, history & tradition among students and alumni.
  • One Family: with graduate and international alumni comprising 47% of our alumni population, we will launch an integrated approach to engage all alumni in the Santa Clara family.
  • Diversity & Inclusion: following in the footsteps of Pope Francis’ Holy Year of Mercy and His call “to give consolation to every man and woman of our time,” we will pursue new programs with fresh focus on underrepresented or underserved groups.
  • Professional Connections: we will engage alumni around industry-based knowledge sharing and network-building programs.

In short, we will activate our Bronco tribe. And, we will set the bar very high, targeting 1 million points of engagement with our alumni family over the life of the plan.

As we introduce and execute the plan, I want to thank Fr. Michael Engh, Kathy Kale, the entire University administration, and my fellow Alumni Board members for all of their support and partnership. We gratefully stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us, and we are fortunate to have so much good work in front of us. Just keep swimming.

Go Broncos!



John Torrey
President, 2017-18
Santa Clara University Alumni Association


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